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Devoted To Thk Interests Of The Native People Of Alaska
Vol.-i Sitka, Alaska, October, 1911. No. 3 Domestic Art. * ? , As the term domestic art is of ? ? ?, ten confusing, we would be very glad to explain our . meaning and also suggest a few of the iaims of that department. The subjects which group themselves under this head are primarily .those which are bound up with woman's activities in the home. # Tabulated they are: Hand sewing. Machine sewing. Drafting and patterns. Dressmaking. "^v^y'oktume design. *' * ? $^Birtbroidery. Crocheting'and knitting. Care and repair of clothes. Textiles. Hygiene in relation to dress. Weaving of rugs and portieries. YVe. would teach our girls, first the manipulation of the needle in making foundation stitches. We would lead them to make their own clothes. We would teach them good taste in line and design of clothes. We would introduce them to the great manufacturing processes of ma- | terials. We would show them the economy of good material; create in them the demand for the best for their money, thereby raising the standard of the out put of the factories. We would bend our energies to instill a greater appreciation of the home by study of home furnish ing and decoration. We would stimulate thought and train I I ........... judgement and taste while, we are training the hands. We would give our girls the heritage that is theirs. We would fit them to fill woman's highest sphere? the home. _ Domestic Science. We are still in the process of ''beginning" our domestic sci ence. department. But when it does get into working order it will be a splendid one. One of ? the rooms in the school building, the' "Richard H. Allen Memo rial," has been selected for the I laboratory. It is a fine large room with six: windows and a north-eastern exposure./. The equipment which the Home Mis sion Board has sent from New York is every bit as good as any that can be found in the most up-to-date school in the East. There is enough so that each girl can work by herself; .have ' her own working space, drawers and cupboard and her own one burner, blue-flayne, "Perfection" oil stove, kettles and pans, knives and forks, and .spoons. I Then what she cooks' will be her , own to dispose of as she will. mi. _ _ ? _ _ __ j-i ? ? . * mere are many tnings tnat 1 the girls are to try to learn in this department. They shall find out what foods are best, to eat in this Alaskan climate; just how much meat and other foods we should eat and in what pro portions; how they - can cook | foods which will take the place I of meat when the latter is so ex pensive and so bard to get. They will learn how to_ wash clothes in the most scientific f way; how to iron all kinds of clothing, and they will practice till they become expert J'laun dresses. Infant feeding will be another problem, and it is a big one, when so little1 fresh milk can be obtained. - . Lessons in1 sweeping, dusting, scrubbing and cleaning of all kinds will not be forgotten, for cleanliness is one of the niost important features of a well-kept house. The students will learn the valuta of economical buying, ^ so\hata small sum can be made , to go as far as possible.- 'They lire to be shown in a very "simple way how to care for the Sick in the home; how tcf protect the family from contagious diseases. Practice will be given in some of the simple rules of "first aid to the injured," such as band aging, artificial respiration, care of simple cuts, bruises, etc. Surely with an equipment such as is our privilege to use in this school, and with bright, earnest students we can do much toward making the Alaskan girl an intelligent housekeeper, a wise mother and a womanly woman. , ? 4P . Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayjgys; be courteous to your creditors; . '* keep your digestion good; exer cise; go.slow and easy. May be there are other things that your special case requires to make you happy, but, my *riend, these I reckon, will give you a good lift. ?Abraham Lincoln.